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AFROPUNK's Blog – December 2011 Archive (8)

Interviews: Vernon Reid, Jimi Hazel, Ronny Drayton - The Million Man Mosh Raises Awareness and Unites Family

On January 4th 2012, a bit of heavy rock/black rock history will take place at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. On January 4th the Black Rock Coalition will sponsor a benefit show called The Million Man Mosh. The show will feature two of the BRC’s most celebrated bands, Living Colour and 24-7 Spyz. This will mark the first time the two New York rock bands have shared a stage on the same bill. The show will also feature session guitar hero Ronny Drayton and the dj of the…


Added by AFROPUNK on December 28, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty at Sundance! + Kickstarter

Hey guys, we're really excited to share this project with you. Many members of the Afro-punk community are involved. The feature film 'An Oversimplification of Her Beauty' will be making its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The team needs our support to finish funding the final stages of the post production (sound design, voice over, soundtrack recording, color correction) and the trip to Sundance (airfare, hotels, posters, publicist, etc.). Let's show them…


Added by AFROPUNK on December 22, 2011 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

WTF?! "Hard-line Indonesian province shaves mohawks off punk rockers detained at concert"

News straight from the WTF department, courtesy of The Washington Post (via Associated Press): "BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — Police in Indonesia’s most conservative province raided a punk-rock concert and detained 65 fans, buzzing off their spiky mohawks and stripping away body piercings because of the perceived threat to Islamic values. Dog-collar necklaces and chains also were taken from the youths before they were thrown in pools of water for “spiritual” cleansing, local police…


Added by AFROPUNK on December 14, 2011 at 2:23pm — 9 Comments

AP Quickie: Janelle Monae To Release 2 Albums in 2012 + Tour

The word is out: Janelle Monae told Back To Rockville (music blog in her home state Kansas): "I plan on releasing two albums next year" (...) "I will try to stick to the scheduled release dates, which I know but can't say."

In other words, you're gonna have to wait to know exactly when, ok? Monae also stated that she will be touring "with some really big artists". Stay tuned...…


Added by AFROPUNK on December 12, 2011 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Living Colour and 24-7 Spyz Unite for Million Man Mosh and a Worthy Cause

On January 4th 2012 a bit of musical history will be made. Living Colour and 24-7 Spyz, the two flagship bands of the Black Rock Coalition will come together to play a benefit at the Highline Ballroom in New York. Proceeds for the event will go to the legal defense of Donovan Drayton, son of Ronny Drayton, who has been incarcerated at Riker’s Island for four years without a conviction. Ronny Drayton is a long time session guitarist from New York City and a member of the Black…


Added by AFROPUNK on December 12, 2011 at 11:59am — 3 Comments

INTERVIEW: Alice In Chains' William DuVall Documents the Life of Milford Graves

Singer/musician William DuVall likes to keep himself busy. You would think being the frontman for Alice In Chains would keep him occupied but instead, DuVall has a good number of projects going on all at once. He hit Chile for a couple festival gigs with AIC recently. He is still working on post-production on a film dealing with the punk rock scene in Atlanta during the 80’s while also producing some bands on the side, and he somehow found the time to direct another documentary…


Added by AFROPUNK on December 7, 2011 at 11:22am — 1 Comment

Inside Occupy LA: Weeks 8/9 - Police Raid, Eviction, Black Friday, Occupying The Red Carpet, Russell Simmons

It rained all day on the Sunday that started our eighth week at Occupy Los Angeles. One of our fellow Occupy LA Media people coordinated a flash action for the American Music Awards, which was to take place at the Nokia Theater at LA Live later that afternoon. About 20 of us gathered at the corner of 1st and Spring and marched to Olympic and Figueroa in the cold rainy weather. When we arrived to LA Live we discussed which approach we were going to take towards mic checking the…


Added by AFROPUNK on December 5, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

ACCRA[dot]ALT: Revolution By Way of Culture, Creativity and Conversation in Ghana

The political world temperature right now is at an historic high. From revolution that began on the streets of NYC to youth in London and the Middle East taking part in uprisings against oppressive governments, a La Résistance mindset rules the day.

In Accra, Ghana, a couple of visionaries are building a movement of their own; one part indie artist collective, one part community dialogue generator, ACCRA[dot]ALT tackles head on the issues facing not only the music community,…


Added by AFROPUNK on December 5, 2011 at 10:03am — 1 Comment

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